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Blogger Profile: Dean Baker

Dean Baker is co-director of the Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He writes a weekly column for the Guardian Unlimited (UK), and his blog, Beat the Press, features commentary on economic reporting. His analyses have appeared in many major publications, including the Atlantic Monthly, the Washington Post, the London Financial Times, and the New York Daily News. He received his Ph.D in economics from the University of Michigan.

Baker is author of many books, including Plunder and Blunder: The Rise and Fall of the Bubble Economy (Polipoint Press, 2009); The United States Since 1980 (Cambridge University Press, 2007); and The Conservative Nanny State: How the Wealthy Use the Government to Stay Rich and Get Richer (Center for Economic and Policy Research, 2006).

Dean Baker's Blogs

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Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 25th, 2011

The Battle Is Over Money, Not Philosophy

Ever since House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan put out his proposal for voucherizing Medicare we have seen a steady drumbeat of stories telling us that this is a battle over the size and role of government. This is not true. It is a battle over money. This point is ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 22nd, 2011

Tyranny of the Central Bankers

The European Central Bank (ECB) announced earlier this month that it was raising its overnight lending rate by a quarter of a percentage point to 1.25 percent. This is very bad news for people across the eurozone countries and possibly the rest of the world as well. This action shows ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 18th, 2011

Representative Ryan Puts the Republicans on the Record

For years people have accused the Republican Party of being the servants of the rich and powerful at the expense of the broader public. In the past, they would deny this charge and claim that they just had a different view of how the economy works. Republican House Budget Committee ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 13th, 2011

Some Market Discipline for Economists

Last month, the International Monetary Fund's independent evaluation office issued a remarkable report. The report quite clearly blamed the IMF for failing to recognise the factors leading up to the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression and to provide warning to its members so that preventive actions could be ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 11th, 2011

Government By People Who Hate You

House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan put out a budget proposal last week that will leave the vast majority of future retirees without decent health care by ending Medicare as we know it. According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) analysis, most middle-income retirees would have to pay almost half ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

April 5th, 2011

The Real Story Behind Job Creation

When the labour department announced that the US economy had created 216,000 jobs in March, it set off a round of celebrations throughout Washington policy circles. The word in the New York Times, the Washington Post and other major news outlets was that the economy was back on course; we ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 29th, 2011

The Deficit Hawks Target Nurses and Firefighters

Many people might think that the country's problems stem from the fact that too much money has been going to the very rich. Over the last three decades, the richest one percent of the population has increased its share of national income by almost 10 percentage points (Excel spreadsheet). This ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 16th, 2011

Guess which policy your central bank will pursue

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) held a conference last week devoted to re-examining macroeconomics in the wake of the economic crisis. This conference was evidence of a glasnost that would have been unimaginable a decade ago. One of the organisers and speakers was Nobel Laureate Joe Stiglitz, a man who ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 16th, 2011

The Key to Rebuilding Workers' Power: Unrig the Rules

The battle in Wisconsin over the rights of public-sector workers holds the potential to reawaken workers across the country to demand their fair share of the economic pie. This could be an important turning point. However, if workers are to make real progress, they must move to alter the rules ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 10th, 2011

Who reaps the rewards of productivity?

Washington politicians, like politicians everywhere in the west, have been running around with shrill cries about how we are adding trillions of dollars to the national debt and that this burden will impoverish our children and grandchildren. It is almost impossible to pick up a newspaper or listen to a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 3rd, 2011

Spending Cuts Won't Help 25 Million Hurting for Jobs

The politicians in Washington and the media have been busy setting the scene for a great battle over the 2011 budget. The newly empowered congressional Republicans are demanding large cuts to get spending under control. President Obama and the Democrats in the Senate promise to defend important public programs. This ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

March 1st, 2011

Right to Work: Representation Without Taxation

Part of Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's union-busting agenda is including a "right to work" rule for public-sector employees. Several other Republican governors are considering similar measures for both the public and private sectors. Insofar as they succeed, these right-to-work measures will seriously weaken the bargaining power of workers. "Right to ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 20th, 2011

Greenspan's Incompetence Badgers Wisconsin's Workers

Alan Greenspan has been strangely missing from the fierce battle over the future of public sector unions in Wisconsin and other states. His absence is strange because he bears more responsibility for the current conflict than anyone else alive. The reason is simple. Mr. Greenspan's incredible incompetence in allowing the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 18th, 2011

Unions badgering Wisconsin's finances?

You have to give Gov. Walker and his wealthy patrons credit. Here we have a situation where Wall Street fat cats wrecked the economy - people like Richard Fuld, Robert Rubin, and Angelo Mozilo - and they've  somehow managed to blame schoolteachers and the highway patrol. Now we have a ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 14th, 2011

The President as Storyteller-in-Chief

The celebrations surrounding the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan's birth overlooked an important part of Reagan's success: his ability to craft an image to serve as the focus of his political argument. When he was running for president in 1980 Reagan invented two great tales that highlighted the worldview he ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 7th, 2011

If Progressives Wanted to Win

As we mark the 100th anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s birth, his most important legacy has gone largely overlooked. Reagan helped to put a caricature of politics at the center of the national debate and it remains there to this day. In Reagan’s caricature the central divide between progressives and conservatives, ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

February 3rd, 2011

The Great British Austerity Experiment

Three months ago, I noted that the United States might benefit from the pain being suffered by the citizens of the United Kingdom. The reason was the new coalition government's commitment to prosperity through austerity. As predicted, this looks very much like a path to pain and stagnation, not healthy ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 31st, 2011

Debts Should be Honored, Except When the Money Is Owed to Working People

This seems to be the lesson that our nation's leaders are trying to pound home to us. According to the New York Times, members of Congress are secretly running around in closets and back alleys working up a law allowing states to declare bankruptcy.According to the article, a main goal ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 22nd, 2011

Can Harry Be a Hero?

That is the question that supporters of Social Security should be asking as we brace for President Obama's State of the Union address next week. Specifically, the question is whether Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will keep up his spirited defense of Social Security or whether he will buckle to ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 19th, 2011

Making Social Security More Progressive: The Games They Play in Washington

The insiders in Washington really really want to cut Social Security, and they are prepared to say or do anything to do it. Among the latest lines is that they want to make Social Security more "progressive." This sort of rhetoric appeared in a report from the liberal Center for ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

January 11th, 2011

The Progressive Case Against Obama’s New Team

Most reports on the selection of William Daley as President Obama’s new chief of staff and Gene Sperling as the head of his National Economic Council included a few lines of criticism from progressives who were unhappy with these picks. Since there was not much space for the argument, these ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 22nd, 2010

Obama's tax deal: read the small print

The enthusiasm of the US business press for the compromise tax package worked out by President Obama and Republicans in Congress led to a mini-euphoria of upbeat economic projections for 2011. While the economy will do better with this tax package than if no deal were forthcoming, much of the ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

December 6th, 2010

The Green Economy Is Here, and It Ain't Pretty

Many of us have long advocated a green economy where jobs were generated in sectors like alternative energy and recycling. It was our hope that this economy could be both environmentally friendly and offer opportunities for high and rising living standards. Well, we've now got a green economy and there's ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 22nd, 2010

Compromise on Social Security and Medicare? Why My Center-Left Friends Are Wrong

In recent days several center-left blogger/columnists have suggested that progressives should be happy to cut a deal now on Social Security and other issues related to the budget. The argument is that the cuts being put forward by the commissions are not that onerous, they don't involve privatization, and we ... continue reading

Dean Baker

Co-Director, CEPR

November 16th, 2010

Aqua Buddha, the Number 21 and the Deficit Commission

At this point most of the country has heard the story of "Aqua Buddha." According to an anonymous account, during his college days, Kentucky Sen.-elect Rand Paul dragged a woman down to a river and told her to bow down to the river, which he referred to as "Aqua Buddha." ... continue reading

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